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Plans for 430 homes on outskirts of Saltash are refused

Plans for 430 homes on outskirts of Saltash are refused

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:02am 16th April 2020. (Updated at 11:24am 16th April 2020)

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Plans for 430 homes on the outskirts of Saltash have been refused planning permission because the designs are not typical of those found in Cornwall.

Outline planning permission is already in place for the overall development of 1,000 homes and related facilities on the site at Boradmoor Farm, Stoketon.

Developers Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes had submitted a reserved matters application for the first phase of the development which would have 430 homes.

Under the proposals there would also be play areas, open space, footpaths, cycle routes and roads for the development.

The overall development, which sits on the edge of the A38 and near Carkeel, was to be known as Treledan.

In a design and access statement the developers said that they wanted “to create a unique development which enhances the existing landscape settings, forms a new gateway, reinforces local distinctiveness and delivers the highest quality homes and open spaces”.

Treledan near Saltash
CGI of the proposed Treledan development near Saltash

It says the development would deliver “outstanding new homes, quality infrastructure, distinctive and extensive open space, education, local employment and facilities”.

The designs for the development were submitted to the Cornwall Design Review Panel which made a number of comments on the original proposals and the developers state that they made a number of changes in response to the feedback from the panel.

But Cornwall Council planning officers have refused planning permission with one of the main reasons being the proposed design of the new homes.

In their report they state that “the proposed dwellings would exhibit a preponderance of a brown and ruddy palette with much brickwork, whereas in Cornwall the vernacular has more of a grey scale, with natural stone or white-rendered walls, with grey, natural slate roofs”.

And they add: “There is little of the appearance of the proposal that would suggest – were it to be built out – that one would know that one is in Cornwall.”

Officers were also concerned about the density of the development saying that the proposals had a “dense, urban layout”.

Treledan near Saltash
CGI of the proposed Treledan development near Saltash

Concerns were also raised around the affordable housing which was to be provided as part of the development with planning officers saying that it was “evidently less attractive than the market housing, with more pinched gardens, clustered in locations more likely to be over-shadowed”.

Planning officers said that it was originally expected that the development would be built in three phases of 300 to 350 homes each.

However the application was seeking to increase the density of the homes. Officers state: “So in effect less than one third of the developable area is being asked to provide almost one half of the 1,000 homes.”

Officers recommended that the application be refused due to the “over-cramped and intensive layout”; “car and parking dominated nature”; insufficient provision of pedestrian/cycle routes away from cars”; “failure to incorporate existing green infrastructure assets”; “failure of its housing provision and distribution to be tenure neutral”; “failure to respond to local character, or to be otherwise locally distinctive”; and “inadequacy of its approach to the issues of climate change and biodiversity”.

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